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Posted 18th June 2010 at 07:15 PM by Sam@Cult Labs
Updated 22nd June 2010 at 11:55 PM by Sam@Cult Labs


Year: 1974

AKA: Curse of the Sex Tigers / Lady Assassin 5: Bitch Squad / Sex Secrets of the Tiger Ladies

Tagline: "They Hunger For Death and Lust for Carnality!"

Hal Manciano struck Grindhouse gold in 1974 with his low budget riff on James Bond movies, The Cult of the Sex Tigers. Filmed on the cheap and on the fly in the Phillipines, the film's production is infamous on the islands due to it's status as the most fatal movie ever made.

Hundreds of uninsured, non-union crew members and extras died in a series of flawed stunts, botched explosions and wild fire outbreaks of venereal disease. The director himself was officially banished from the country by King's guard in an elaborate airport ceremony and to this day, mothers tells their children that if don't eat their Sinigang, Uncle Hal will get them.

The story, if we can call it that, involves British secret agent Chin Davernport (Flood Mason - Devil Gate Double Take / Triplets of Evil / Bayou Baby Doll 2: Barefoot & Bold) investigating the connection between Russia's KGB and an ancient cult of Amazonian Kung Fu Warriors, The Sex Tigers.

Flood Mason. On the set of the 1971 production Bowling For Poontang

It's seems that there's a plot to kill the President of the USA and the Tigers have been charged with seducing then killing the American leader and his staff of highly trained Ninjas.

The Sex Tigers, Led by Midnight (Rosie Earl - White Hot Boot Camp / Driven to it / Lust of the Frankenwolf) and her second-in-command Lustina (Petal Floss - Sex College Second Report / The Erotic Adventures of Macbeth / Jane Eyre's Slutty Sister) are part of an ancient lineage going back to the Aztecs. Sworn to fight to the death for whomever hires them and able to enrapture weak minded, feeble men with a glance, these hellcat bitches are Bikini Clad Sin-Killers with hearts made of stone and claws made of steel.

Rosie Earl - Swish Covergirl

Chin must infitrate their tropical lair and bring the Tigers to justice. All this might seem easy for man as strong and able as Chin Davernport except for one thing... Chin and Midnight have met before. Starcrossed lovers it's seems, doomed to fight each other to the death atop an active Volcano.

Fans of Bikini girls with bad attitudes will love The Cult of the Sex Tigers (AKA Curse of the Sex Tigers. What's the curse? They all have to die at 30, an idea later stolen by the producers of Logan's Run), it's a fast paced riot of sassy back talk, lazer firing falsies, Kung Fu sex and eye scorching violence (some of it unfaked, see above!).

The less said about Flood Mason's English accent the better but suffice to say, he takes the crown from Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. You'll also notice the startling difference between the Philipino exteriors and the interior footage, which seems to have been shot in the same Portacabin with slightly different set dressings for each location.

Hal had little to say about this production, other than to describe the entire population of the Phillipines as "A bunch of Goddamn Cocksuckers!". When asked in the early 90s what final act saw him deported after the film wrapped, he could only allude to some issues surrounding a misordered Ladyboy and a complaint about excessive noise, but police records show that Hal "went native", running the shoot like a demented combination of King Lear, Colonel Kurtz and Charles Manson, before finally crashing down to earth after six weeks without sleep when the Dexedrine shots his Pueto Rican physician had been shooting him up with finally wore off.

Rosie Earl - Selected Filmography

1971 Bo Peep Show

1971 Sex Pest on Campus

1972 Crimson Squad

1973 White Hot Boot Camp

1974 Driven to it

1974 The Cult of the Sex Tigers

1974 London Milan Paris Dead

1975 You Can't Do That In Alabama!

1977 Stepsister, Dear Stepsister

1978 Lust of the Frankenwolf

1979 Roller Disco Nights

1980 Roller Disco Days

1980 Rollerama Disco Amenesia*

*Rosie was tragically struck by lightening on set and never acted again. Her album "Not Twice..." is available now on iTunes.
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    bizarre_eye@Cult Labs's Avatar
    I'll definitely have to check this one out, Sam.

    I'm sure I read somewhere that Crimson Squad got in trouble (particularly amongst animal rights activists in the States) for the scenes involving the (multiple) iguana stompings?

    I think Rosie even mentioned in an interview somewhere that she'd protested the scenes herself, but the Director said that they were an 'integral part of the movie'. I'd heard (and this is probably over-exaggerated) that 16 iguanas had died for the sake of a 10 second scene! A real tragedy.
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    Hal was a law unto himself, none of the above would surprise me.

    An interesting, loosely related story. Hal briefly flirted with the mainstream in the late 60s, directing TV episodes for various big stations, mostly in the Crime and Sci Fi genres. He directed 17 shows in all before coming unstuck on the set of camp Space series Fox Rocket 7.

    A throwaway bit of fluff, the show revolved around the adventures of six female space operatives and a mandroid onboard an interstellar craft patrolling the edge of the Galaxy. Each week they land on a new planet, solve a mystery and end up dancing to the local alien beat groups.

    On what would be his final day on a Hollywood set, Hal decided to make an example of actress Molly Dasher (Green Acres, Black Hearts / Fiends of the Mind Zone), who was notorious for flubbing her lines. He used her prize Poodle as an ashtray and never worked again.
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    1967 Haight Ashbury PD - Ep.4 "Speed Kills"

    1967 Haight Ashbury PD - Ep.7 "Freeze! Don't Bogart That Joint!"

    1967 Haight Ashbury PD - Ep.9 "The Peyote Killer"

    1967 Dr. Brooding Investigates Ep.16 "Dime Store Doubt"

    1968 Dr. Brooding Investigates Ep 19 "Bad Medicine"

    1968 Captain Teflon The Inpenetrable Man Ep 3 "Captain Teflon and the Mystery of the 7 Keys"

    1968 Captain Teflon The Inpenetrable Man Ep 7 "Captain Teflon and the Monk of Saigon"

    1968 Captain Teflon The Inpenetrable Man Ep 9 "Captain Teflon and the Death Clock of Artemis"

    1968 Captain Teflon The Inpenetrable Man Ep 14 "Captain Teflon and the Cursed Blade"

    1968 Fox Rocket 7 Ep 3 "Tina and the Bubblegum Planet"

    1968 Vigilante Joe: Trucker for Hire Ep 6: "Joe and the Southside Mooks"

    1968 Vigilante Joe: Trucker for Hire Ep 9: "Joe saves the plantation"

    1968 Fox Rocket 7 Ep 4 "Mandroids have feelings too!"

    1968 Fox Rocket 7 Ep 6 "Gigi and Space Lizard get married"

    1968 Jimmy and his Psychic Dog Ep 15 "Schools Out"

    1968 Jimmy and his Psychic Dog Ep 18 "Aunt Mimi Solves a Murder"

    1969 Fox Rocket 8 Ep 9 "Pitstop on Pluto"
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    love the poster, i couldn't think of anything to do for it...
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    I love it too. Better than my james bond/Ilsa idea
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